• The committee had also received dozens if not, hundreds of emails from residents who were asking us to refer the decision to close 71 community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, to the Secretary of State for Health. Devon County Council’s newly formed Health and Adult Care Scrutiny met for the first time last Monday (19 June) to review this decision. Almost all the committee members are either new to the committee or new Devon County councillors. At the last health scrutiny meeting in March before the elections, I proposed that there were 14 grounds that the committee needed assurances on or [...]

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    The STP is a programme of cuts and centralisation which ministers say must plug the gap of £30bn looming by 2020. It is ruthless, harsh and devoid of the concept of decent patient care. And it will get worse yet. As a health scrutiny member we will be examining these plans in detail at our next meeting. I just hope we do a better job of it than we did of the community bed cuts decision yesterday (blog post coming). You will see from the report below that the wonderful Honiton Maternity Unit is set to be axed, alongside others at Tiverton and Okehampton. A really sad day for me and all local [...]

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    Back at the March health scrutiny meeting it appeared that a decision had been made in a huge hurry with a large range of important issues left unresolved. See my report of that meeting here - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/hospital_bed_cuts_to_be_referred_to_secretary_of_state_for_health_unless_ra The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has now responded to the proposal I made at the last health scrutiny committee, requiring justification on 14 grounds. It was agreed at the March committee that if those grounds were not deemed to be satisfactory, [...]

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    I am not suggesting that Mr Swire didn’t get a hard time on Twitter, but his reaction to the challenging remarks, has been completely over the top. For the record, once again, I have never ever asked anyone to, nor do I know of anyone, who damaged his posters. And to respond only to these false allegations cheapens my campaign and the spectacular level of support my team and I received from a huge range of people right across the political spectrum during those six magnificent weeks. It undermines the energy, the passion, the clear sightedness, and the unswerving determination that [...]

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    This makes me feel happy and furious all at once. As a councillor who has seen firsthand the suffering caused by austerity, this statement simply proves it was a fat lie all along. A big fat lie perpetuated by a bunch of wealthy ruthless people determined to shrink the state and demonise people who have the least. An obsession by the power hungry elite who have never known a day’s financial hardship in their lives, to reform this country into a tax haven for wealthy businesses, while hollowly claiming that this country must have a “buoyant economy” to fund public services. Of[...]

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    The results are as follows: • Alison M Eden, Liberal Democrats: 1,468 • Peter H Faithfull, Independent: 150 • Brigitte Graham, UK Independence Party (UKIP): 1,203 • Jan Ross, Labour Party: 6,857 • Hugo Swire, The Conservative Party Candidate: 29,306 (Elected) • Michael D Val Davies, Independent: 128 • Claire L Wright, Independent: 21,270 Turnout 73 per cent I think. One and half points up on 2015 My share of the vote rocketed from 24 per cent to 36 per cent! I am not downhearted, although of course, I am very disappointed not to be East Devon’s MP. I am over the moon[...]

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    Thank you so much!!!

    8 Jun 2017 | News

    Whatever the outcome tomorrow, the last few weeks have changed my life. I have loved every second! Thank you to everyone who has given so much in so many ways. Everything crossed. We can do this!

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    In the pretty Devon town of Ottery St Mary, home to the Weasleys and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an electoral storm is brewing among the cream teas. Independent candidate Claire Wright may be about to wrest the seat from long-time Conservative MP Hugo Swire. And it’s all down to people power. With 700 active supporters and 400 publicity boards across East Devon, and leaflets delivered to 45,000 homes, Claire is taking on the might of the Conservative party with the backing of literally thousands of local people. Her crowdfunding appeal has raised over £12,000 in just 4 weeks: with 75% of [...]

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